If You Want A Purist Mazda MX-5, This Is It


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Justin time for the New York Auto Show, Mazda has pulled the wraps off ofits latest version, high-performance version of the all-new 2016, dubbed the Club Edition. And this isexactly the sort of club that most of our readers want to be in: available withautomatic and manual transmission, the MX-5 Club Edition will receive 17-inch graywheels, 205/45 tires, and quite noticeable front splitters and rear lip spoilers.Aiming for true Miata enthusiasts, Mazda promises to throw in a whole bunch of additional goodies for those who opt for the manual transmission.

Thesix-speed manual comes with four Bilstein dampers, a limited-slip differential withSKYACTIV-MT and a front shock-tower brace. Need more performance than that?Mazda will also offer an optional package that further includes 17-inch forged lightweightBBS wheels, Brembo front brakes, aerodynamic side sill extensions and a rearbumper skirt, making the car very similar to the striking Chicago Auto Showpreview car and MX-5 Global Cup race car. Standard equipment on MX-5 Club models includes MAZDA CONNECTand a 9-speaker Bose audio system.

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MX-5 is the heart and soul of Mazda, serving as a beacon for therest of our lineup with its fun-to-drive dynamics, design andtechnologies," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO in the company's official press release. "JinbaIttai—oneness between driver and machine—defines theMX-5. It's a philosophy that has led every decision we've made toward bringingthe MX-5 back to the basics that made drivers fall in love with it 26 years agowhen the first generation debuted."